Title: Reign the Earth
Series: The Elementae
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
I received a review copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
A.C. Gaughen’s Reign the Earth is a new fantasy filled with magic, mystery, a strong female protagonist, and rebellion. Okay, let’s be honest, at this point in time that’s pretty standard and cookie cutter for a fantasy book, but Gaughen truly separates Reign the Earth from its peers with unique cultures, a complex elemental magic system, and characters with depth and spirit that is unique to them.
Warning that this book does contain abuse, if you are uncomfortable with that aspect you may not want to read.
Shalia is a daughter of the dessert, surrounded by a loving family—filled with brothers—and friends, but in order to secure her people peace she gives up her home to marry the king of the neighboring kingdom.
She always knew King Calix’s father took part in the genocide that exterminated the Elementae—magical people of the islands that could control earth, air, water, and fire—but she didn’t know how much her husband shared his sentiment for destroying them. With a husband who switches between kind—at best—and cruel, a brother who leads the rebellion, and a brother-in-law who keeps catching her eye, Shalia is in deeper than she could’ve imagined. Continue reading